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New standards for education and training and updated outcomes for osteopathy graduates published

1 August 2022

The Graduate Outcomes and Standards for Education and Training have been published following extensive consultation with osteopaths, educators, students, patients and stakeholders.

The Outcomes and Standards were developed in collaboration with a Stakeholder Reference Group, which included the Council for Osteopathic Education Providers, professional membership body the Institute of Osteopathy, National Council for Osteopathic Research, The Osteopathic Alliance, Health Education England, osteopathy patients, recent graduates, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

Osteopathy students, osteopaths in regional groups and NHS osteopaths were also invited to share their views during several focus groups that we held in 2021.

GOsC Chief Executive, Matthew Redford, said: ‘This is an important milestone for the osteopathic profession. While it is our role to support the profession through the maintenance and development of professional standards, we also want to work alongside osteopaths, patients, students, and education providers to ensure professional standards benefit osteopaths and protect the public. This is how we approached the consultation and development of both the Graduate Outcomes and the new Standards, and I’d like to thank all those who helped us to arrive here.

‘While it is great to see these now published, this is not the end of the story. We will continue to listen to the needs of educators and students to see whether further support or supplementary information is needed, to help students and education providers achieve the Graduate Outcomes and Standards for Education and Training.’

The updated Graduate Outcomes have been designed to help graduates demonstrate that they meet the Osteopathic Practice Standards before they are able to register with us.

The new Standards for Education and Training are the standards that osteopathic education providers must demonstrate when delivering their education and training programmes. These have been designed to support graduates to provide high quality patient care and safety in their practice.

The Graduate Outcomes and Standards for Education and Training come into effect on 1 September 2022. We are planning to engage with osteopathic educators in the autumn to discuss the implementation of the Graduate Outcomes and Standards within education programmes.

Read the Graduate Outcomes and Standards for Education and Training.